Measuring the Effects of Racism

Guidelines for the Assessment and Treatment of Race-Based Traumatic Stress Injury

Robert T. Carter and Alex L. Pieterse

Columbia University Press

Measuring the Effects of Racism

Pub Date: July 2020

ISBN: 9780231193078

448 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $35.00£27.00

Pub Date: July 2020

ISBN: 9780231193061

448 Pages

Format: Hardcover

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Pub Date: July 2020

ISBN: 9780231550130

448 Pages

Format: E-book

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Measuring the Effects of Racism

Guidelines for the Assessment and Treatment of Race-Based Traumatic Stress Injury

Robert T. Carter and Alex L. Pieterse

Columbia University Press

A large body of research has established a relationship between experiences of racial discrimination and adverse effects on mental and physical health. In Measuring the Effects of Racism, Robert T. Carter and Alex L. Pieterse offer a manual for mental health professionals on how to understand, assess, and treat the effects of racism as a psychological injury.

Carter and Pieterse provide guidance on how to recognize the psychological effects of racism and racial discrimination. They propose an approach to understanding racism that connects particular experiences and incidents with a person’s individual psychological and emotional response. They detail how to evaluate the specific effects of race-based encounters that produce psychological distress and possibly impairment or trauma. Carter and Pieterse outline therapeutic interventions for use with individuals and groups who have experienced racial trauma, and they draw attention to the importance of racial awareness for practitioners. The book features a racial-trauma assessment toolkit, including a race-based traumatic-stress symptoms scale and interview schedule. Useful for both scholars and practitioners, including social workers, educators, and counselors, Measuring the Effects of Racism offers a new framework of race-based traumatic stress that helps legitimize psychological reactions to experiences of racism.
Using the Race-Based Traumatic Stress Model, Carter and Pieterse increase our understanding of and the treatability of traumatic stress that results from racism. The proposals proffered in Measuring the Effects of Racism may certainly lead to better treatment methods of race-based trauma and increase the evidence base for advocacy and agendas for social justice.

About the Author

Robert T. Carter is professor emeritus of psychology and education at Teachers College, Columbia University. His books include Confronting Racism: Integrating Mental Health Research Into Legal Strategies and Reforms (2019).

Alex L. Pieterse is associate professor and director of doctoral training in the program of counseling psychology at the University at Albany, State University of New York. He also serves as a racial diversity consultant and practices as a licensed psychologist.